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Encourage immigrants and émigrés of the world to unite and demand better treatment before so-called legal regimes

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In short, Ziyad and his family are far from alone in feeling internationally persecuted and obstructed in many ways from "pursing happiness."  This is horrendous practice because in any one year approximately 200 million people on planet Earth are immigrating or seeking to become immigrants. [1]

 

I wish to take this time to encourage immigrants and e'migre's of the world to unite and demand better treatment before so-called legal regimes or state governments which disrespect the rule of law and have trashed Article 13  of the UN Declaration nearly continuously since its inception over 6 decades ago.

 

 

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[1]   FROM: http://www.globalissues.org/article/537/immigration

 

Why do people emigrate?

People emigrate from one country to another for a variety of complex reasons. Some are forced to move, due to conflict or to escape persecution and prejudices, while others may voluntarily emigrate. Although such a move may be necessary, it can be quite traumatic on top of the challenges experienced so far.

From another perspective, immigration can also represent an act of courage. For example,

  • Moving to a different country with different culture and norms can be quite daunting;
  • The potential loneliness to be suffered is not always easy to overcome;
  • There may be the additional pressure to earn enough to live (in a more expensive-to-live-in country) and send back meager savings.

An economic migrant, a person searching for work, or better opportunities, will be stepping into the unknown--an exciting prospect if the person is already well-to-do, or daunting at least, if out of desperation.

Effects of Immigration

Immigration can have positive and negative impacts on both the host (recipient) country, and the original country.

The recipient country is usually an industrialized country in Western Europe, or the United States. For these countries, immigrants offer various benefits such as the following:

  • Immigrants will often do jobs that people in the host country will not, or cannot do;
  • Migrant workers often work longer hours and for lower salaries, and while that is controversial, sometimes exploitive, it benefits the host country;
  • Immigrants, when made to feel welcome in the host society, can contribute to the diversity of that society, which can help with tolerance and understanding;
  • For the host country's economy, immigrants offer an increased talent pool, if they have been well educated in their original country.

But there are also numerous drawbacks:

  • Immigrants can be exploited for their cheap labor;
  • Developing countries may suffer "brain drain" as the limited resources they spend in educating their students amount to very little if that talent is enticed to another country. (The UK for example is often accused of actively hiring medical staff from developing countries. The previous link details this issue further.)
  • Immigration can also attract criminal elements, from trafficking in drugs and people to other forms of crime and corruption;
  • Immigration can become a social/political issue, where racism can be used to exploit feelings or as an excuse for current woes of local population;
  • Where there is a perception that immigrants and refugees appear to get more benefits than local poor people, tensions and hostilities can also rise;
  • Concerns about illegal immigration can spill over to ill-feelings towards the majority of immigrants who are law-abiding and contributing to the economy;
  • Many die trying to flee their predicament, and this can often make sensational headlines giving the appearance that immigration is largely illegal and "out of control."

Despite what appears to be large population movements, Gary Younge, from the Guardian noted some time ago that people still are not able to move as freely as commodities. In some places around the world, there are additional restrictions being put up on people's movements.

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